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Originally posted August 31, 2012
Pamela Aguilar, a documentary filmmaker working on a national education series for public television (PBS,) is making a documentarry about the Union Alternative School. She is looking at efforts around the country that are working to curtail the dropout crisis and promote graduation. Agular, is pcitured above far right.
She is interviewing both students and staff at the school as well as people associated with the Parents as Teacher Program and the Community Action Project in Tulsa. On Monday, she interviewed Debbie Price, a coordinator for the Parents as Teachers program, seen above. She plans to interview a student enrolled in the program whose infant child is also in the program.
"My ultimate goal would be to 'shadow' one or two students in school and potentially film the end of block diploma ceremony in November," Aguilar said. She is the producer of Quiet Pictures, based in New York.
Aguilar is working on a segment of a larger four-part series funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to be aired on PBS in the near future. Her segment will focus on teenage moms who drop out of school but are encouraged to return and finish.
The filmmaker liked the idea of how Union and CAP partner to remove barriers to graduation, finding ways to assist teenage moms and their children at the same time via Alternative School and the CAP Early Childhood Program at Jefferson. She was also impressed with how Union helps students whose primary language is Spanish overcome the language barrier.